The Cayman Islands are within the ancient Episcopal Jurisdiction

of The Bishop of London granted him by the Crown in 1634

St Alban’s (Grand Cayman) & St Mary’s (Cayman Brac)

Church & Office - 461 Shedden Road

P O Box 719, Grand Cayman KY1-1103, CAYMAN ISLANDS

Tel (345) 949 2757

www.churchofenglandcayman.com

rector@churchofenglandcayman.com

24 September 2017

Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church

Today's Scripture: Jonah 3:10 - 4.end, Philippians 1: 21-end, S. Matthew 20: 1-16

Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Church School; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm Evening Prayer

This Week: Tues - Thurs 12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Fri (S. Michael and All Angels) 5pm Holy Communion; Sat 10 am Prison Ministry.

Next Sunday: 8.35 am Matins & Litany; 9.00 am Ch Sch; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm EP


Collect for Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity

KEEP, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy Church with thy perpetual mercy; and, because the frailty of man without thee cannot but fall, keep us ever by thy help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


FAITH IN FOCUS: JACK-IN-THE-BOX GOD

As she sat in the doctor’s waiting room Mabel was telling Gladys about how God had told her not to get the number 63 bus that morning but to wait for the 42. The 63 had in fact broken down and if she hadn’t listened to what God had been telling her, she would have been late for her appointment.

Meanwhile Tom was ensconced in his favourite chair at home, watching the TV news. More tragic pictures of innocent civilian victims of the war on terror, followed by harrowing images of the latest African famine. Yes, he believed in God, but he didn’t expect God to do anything about it. After all God lived miles away and was more concerned with cosmic issues.

Mabel’s God was constantly intervening, whereas Tom’s was a distant God who had created the world but left us to get on with things.

We all have different images of God. For some of us God is like a grandparent, old and kindly. For others he’s more of a wizard who challenges us to get to know more and more about him. Many people’s idea of God is that of a mother: God gives us birth, nourishes us and then spends her time patching us up when we take the knocks that life gives us.

You have to admire the closeness of relationship that Mabel has with God, even if we may be a bit sceptical about his travel advice. And you can’t help thinking that Tom is trying to avoid making God into some sort of Super-Fixit character with little concern for human free-will.

Whatever image of God we have, it’s tempting to make him into a Jack-in-the-Box God: calling on him to act just as we think he ought to and whenever we need him, and then putting him away again until the next time he is required. Today’s scriptures remind us that God is infinitely greater than we can ever imagine, and we cannot control or even predict how God will act. God tends not to behave in the way we would behave, for, as he says, his ways are not our ways and his thoughts are above ours.


WORD OF GOD

"Which I shall choose I cannot tell. ... My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is necessary on your account." (Philippians 1: 22-24)


WORD FOR TODAY

We all have a tendency to think that we know what God wants and how he will act, but time and time again we are told that God is more complicated than our little minds can cope with. Is God perhaps asking something of us in our lives that seems strange or unusually demanding?


YOU CAN TELL THE SIZE of your God by looking at the size of your worry list. The longer your list, the smaller your God. (Eileen Perkins)

ANY FOOL CAN COUNT THE SEEDS in an apple. Only God can count all the apples in one seed. (Robert H. Schuller)


THIS WEEK'S READINGS

Mon: 1 Chron 28: 1-10, Mark 11: 1-11, Acts 16: 6-24

Tues: 1 Chron 28: 11-end, Mark 11: 12-26, Ac 16: 25-end

Wed: 1 Chronicles 29: 1-9, Mk 11: 27-end, Acts 17: 1-15

Thurs: 1 Chron 29: 10-20, Mark 12: 1-12, Ac 17: 16-end

Fri (S. Michael & AA) : Genesis 28: 10-17, Revelation 12: 7-12, S. John 1: 47-end

Sat: 2 Chronicles 1: 1-13, Mark 12: 18-27, Acts 18:22 - 19:7

NEXT SUNDAY: Ezekiel 18: 1-4, 25-end, Philippians 2: 1-13, S. Matthew 21: 23-32